Members

Alissa Peanasky | Mezzo

Alissa Peanasky is from Faribault, Minnesota and has been passionate about music from a very young age. Growing up, Alissa participated in as many choirs and musical theatre shows as possible. She studied classical voice for 11 years and began her journey with a cappella in college where she was a part of the all-female a cappella group, Audacious. With this group, she was able to open for acts such as Home Free and perform for audiences throughout the Midwest. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in Social Work and a minor in Music. Currently, Alissa resides in Eagan, Minnesota where she is a proud mom to her dog, Olivia.

Barry Bakunowicz | Tenor 2

Daredevil, baseball aficionado, gourmet chef--Barry is none of these things. He is, however, Due North’s lower tenor voice and self-proclaimed best boy. Raised in the humble village of McFarland, Wisconsin, Barry has since taken his musical chops to various choirs, musicals, and of course, a cappella groups, across the Midwest. When he’s not singing (so, the other 2% of the time), Barry likes to sleep.

Kaynen Harris | Bass

Kaynen Harris is ½ of the rhythm section, slappin the bass and singing the root of most chords within Due North. A cappella wasn’t a reality until college when Kaynen joined the all male a cappella group, The Innocent Men at UW - Eau Claire, where he served as the music director and then business manager. Since then he has served on the RARB board, as an adjudicator for Varsity Vocals competitions, and performs all around the Midwest. For A cappella, Kaynen believes the audience is priority #1 and takes pride in the 3 audience favorite awards his groups have received at the Harmony Sweepstakes.

Sam Bijou | Tenor 1

Sam is proud to be a Minnesotan. He grew up in Waconia, MN, playing a wide variety of sports, but he ultimately fell in love with music. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire gave Sam the opportunities and confidence to fully understand his potential as a musician. Those experiences eventually guided him down a path to continue pursuing music outside of college. He also worked for the Event Production Crew on campus that taught him everything he needs to know about the production world and more importantly, audio technical skills. Whether it’s through a cappella, writing original music, or live mixing shows, music will forever be a part of his life.

Matt Laudenbach | Vocal Percussion

Matt Laudenbach was born and raised in Coon Rapids, MN. There, his love for vocal music was born. While attending the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, Matt found his love of modern a cappella when he became a member of the all-male septet, The Innocent Men. In Due North, Matt serves as ½ of the rhythm section, leaving audiences wondering whether or not there’s an actual drum kit on stage.